10th June 2015



Cyrenians has been awarded £10,000 to boost training opportunities for young people in the city.  Windsor’s and Refreshed in Far Gosford Street has secured a cash injection from the Big Lottery Fund to expand its training programme.

The coffee bar and retail shop is run by Coventry Cyrenians aswell as providing accommodation for over 120 homeless people in the city as well as delivering employment, volunteering, skills and educational opportunities for young unemployed people.

Windsor’s and Refreshed has already supported more than 50 disadvantaged young people by providing basic training and work experience placements.

Over half of these volunteers have either returned to full-time education or secured permanent or temporary work.

This latest funding boost will allow the charity to offer an accredited training programme, delivered by Henley College in Coventry, in Food Hygiene, Health & Safety, and Retail and Customer Service to around 30 unemployed over the next 12 months.

Big Lottery Fund 2

Mike Fowler, Chief Executive at Coventry Cyrenians, said “Windsor’s and Refreshed offers a unique volunteering and learning experience combining structured and accredited training with real life working practice which will not only help to improve the practical skills of young people but their confidence too.  We are proud to have already supported more than 50 volunteers with over half of these successfully returning to education or employment.  Many of the participants are clients of Cyrenians and have received support following a period of homelessness”. 

In recent years, Coventry Cyrenians has seen an increase in the number of young people aged between 16 and 24 accessing its services and continues to deliver essential accommodation and support to this group.

The charity is supported by accountants and business advisors Harrison Beale & Owen.  Mark Ashfield, director at HB&O which has offices in Coventry and Leamington, said “it is a really excited time for the charity since it is not only looking to build on the success of its current projects but it also has new projects in the pipeline”.


Pictured left to right; Bailey Swinhoe (Shop Assistant), Mike Fowler (Chief Executive), Mark Ashfield (Harrison Beale & Owen).

 “Charities are always conscious of making every penny count and we hope that by providing our services it will allow the team to operate efficiently and concentrate on delivering projects that help to enhance the skills of young people within the local community.”